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Anthrax Near Swan Hill

Anthrax Near Swan Hill

Agriculture Victoria Confirms Another Anthrax Incident in Swan Hill Region

Agriculture Victoria veterinarians and animal health staff have responded to the positive identification of anthrax on a property near Swan Hill at the weekend.

The affected property has been quarantined and appropriate biosecurity protections were in place.

Investigations are now underway, with only one property believed to be affected at the moment.

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Agriculture Victoria released a statement just after midday outlining their actions; the department has been contacted for further comment.

The incident now marks the second case of anthrax detected this year in the region, with an animal dying in March; several farms in the area were also hit in March 2017.

Victoria's Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Charles Milne in a statement says it's not uncommon for the area.

"Incidents tend to occur during the warmer months when it's drier and livestock forage deeper into the soil when eating grass," Dr Milne said.

“We are well prepared to handle these incidents and we are currently contacting local farmers and veterinarians.”

Agriculture Victoria have stated that they will continue to work with nearby farmers, veterinarians and the local community to monitor the situation.

Farmers are urged to report any cases of unexplained livestock death to the 24-hour Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888, their local vet or to Agriculture Victoria animal health staff.

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